Quinta do Carvalho Tour

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Quinta do Carvalho Tour

Post by JacobH » 12:40 Sat 09 Oct 2010

Slightly against my better judgement, I went on this tour on the recommendation of the guy in the tourist office on the beach in Pinhão. You pay €10 to be taken for a tour to the top of the hill at Carvalho in an open-topped bus followed by a tasting at the Royal Oporto shop. (Yes, I know, but I decided to keep an open mind!). The views are (inevitably) spectacular, especially of Bomfin and Cavadinha. The ‟tasting”, however, was just a glass of the Royal Oporto white: something that you would get anyway if you turned up at the shop. A waste of time and a rip-off: unless you are on your own you could save some money by hiring a taxi to drive you up. To be avoided.
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